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Crime History: Teen sniper kills three on California highway

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe,Crime History,California

On this day, April 25, in 1965, a 16-year-old California boy fired a high-powered rifle down on passing cars, killing three people - including a 5-year-old boy.

Michael Andrew Clark, an "A" student from an exclusive Long Beach neighborhood, ran away with his parents' car and the Swedish Mauser rifle.

He climbed a hill that overlooked U.S. 101, just south of Santa Maria, hid himself in a stretch of tall grass and waited.

As the sun came up, Clark began blasting away at unsuspecting motorists.

Two people were killed trying to save passengers from a trapped vehicle. A 5-year-old boy who was shot in the head died a day later.

After a two-hour gun battle, sheriff's deputies rushed the hill and Clark shot himself between the eyes.

-Scott McCabe

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